Today we’d like to introduce you to Ave Rose.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Since I was a child, my dreams were filled with fantastical worlds that I wanted to share. I always longed for the power to do so through art but never believed I had the talent for it. So I dabbled in everything else such as dancing, singing, and writing. Throughout my college years, I performed as an opera singer. After I received my BA in English Lit with a concentration in writing from UCLA, I pursued a career as an author. Though I’ve tried many times to describe the whimsical realms within me, only stories of monsters and death manifested. It was as if my soul used writing as a way to exorcise my demons. My love for art remained a driving force and I started my own publishing company of illustrated storybooks called Ink Pen Mutations Press. I gained a cozy amount of success as a horror author and publisher, producing 14 books. In 2010, a series of tragedies in my personal life shattered my world, and almost broke my spirit.
During this difficult time, I kept having flashbacks of my childhood when I would collect tiny objects into glass bottles such as pieces of insects, rocks, flowers, and mechanical bits from the floor of my father’s garage. So I decided to search for such nostalgic treasures. The most important was my discovery of a few old broken watches found in a junk drawer. With a razor blade, I took them apart piece by piece. My imagination went wild as I began to see little robots and little factories. I added these nano mechanical bits to my pile of dead beetles from the garden, gemstones I pulled from unwanted jewelry, and dead roses I saved from old bouquets. I stared at it all overnight with much delight. I first started making things for myself, then for friends, then as word got around, I started showing at galleries, and then art became my very existence. So, that was the unfolding of my unexpected art career.
Please tell us about your art.
So as I mentioned, back in 2010, I began with clockwork miniature robots called watchbots and their mechanical environments which I deemed watchbot world. The amount of concentration and patience required to create these pieces became my form of meditation. Creating my first watchbot cities of order and peace helped me to heal. My watchbot work is the physical representation of my fast-paced mind reaching moments of stability and harmony among the decay and disarray. It was also a gateway back into the fantasy realms of my childhood. With this new found balance I had the power to embrace my inner darkness without allowing it to consume me and to use it to add more texture to my art.
So along with my watchbot art, I started to make creations I now call fantasy macabre. My fantasy macabre work incorporates naturally deceased ephemera with found objects to create scenes and magical creatures that I often animate using self-taught motion mechanics. These are the works I have become famous for through galleries, museums, film, and television.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
My aim is to share my art with those who want to see it. And when those who see it want to see more, than that to me is success. The passion and discipline it takes to create art must be matched with the determination and hard work it takes to show it. Those are the most important qualities of a successful artist.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
As artists, having an impact within our lifetime is something we should strive for. An example of this in my own work is the importance for me to educate my audience with as much information as I can in regards to my materials. Especially, if the parts are from something once living. And I encourage people to always ask questions. The more we learn from nature the more respect we have for it. Even with objects… if I can show something once regarded as trash to be seen as a treasure, then hopefully that leads to a different sensibility of what people see as disposable. My philosophy has always been to respect all life and to see the beauty in all things created, whether by man or nature. With the right eyes, you’ll see endless gifts.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
– April 12-14
Monster Museum /Monsterpalooza
Pasadena Convention, Pasadena, CA.
- Website: www.AveRoseArt.com, www.AveRoseStore.etsy.com
- Email: Ave@AveroseArt.com
- Instagram: @averose13
- Facebook: Facebook.com/averoseart
- Twitter: averoseart
Eric Anderson Photography